Alicia Keys Says Gangsta Rap Was A Conspiracy Against Black People

By Allen Starbury  |  04/14/2008

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys has definitely grown as an artist over the years, and the people have noticed. Her latest album, As I Am, has sold over 3 million copies and was one of the best-selling of last year.

However, she's become a little more political as of late. In a recent interview with Blender magazine, which hits newsstands on Tuesday (April 15), she's gone conspiracy theorist.

During the interesting interview, the singer went outside her regular genre of R&B to talk about gangsta rap, saying the subgenre "was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. 'Gangsta rap' didn't exist."

As of late, Keys has been catching up on her reading, revealing she's read several Black Panther autobiographies recently, and now wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck "to symbolize strength, power and killing 'em dead."

We're not sure how long Alicia's been on this kick, but her mother can even see her daughter wearing a chain like that. "She wears what? That doesn't sound like Alicia," the singer's mom tells the magazine, according to the Associated Press.

In addition to her theory that the government created "gangsta rap," she also explained how the deaths of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. were contributed to by the government as well.

She claims that the East-West feud was fueled "by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing."

Alicia's new outlook will also be present in her future music as well. She says that she now plans to write more political songs, saying that if black leaders "had the outlets our musicians have today, it'd be global. I have to figure out a way to do it myself."

The entire interview will be published in Blender's May issue.